In what will probably be seen as a major change for Google and their efforts to provide hardware to consumers, sources are indicating that the company may be abandoning the “Nexus” brand for the next round of smartphones slated for release this fall. According to a variety of sources and leaks, Google is planning to move their own brand to the forefront, although it is unclear whether “Google” will take the place of “Nexus” or some other brand will be used. In any case, indications are that the Android purists’ favored brand is on the verge of retirement. Read more
Own a phone from the Nexus line? Google’s WiFi Assistant is accessible on your Nexus device beginning today. It was previously exclusive to Project Fi customers, but now Google is opening up WiFi Assistant for everyone to enjoy.
It looks like Google is gearing up to launch its Daydream virtual reality platform in the next couple of weeks. The search giant is recruiting creators to line up a bevy of exclusive content for its launch, which will happen in “the coming weeks,” according to a report from Bloomberg.
The next version of Android is finally upon us in a stable form ready for public use, meaning you could be using Android 7.0 Nougat on your phone or tablet as early as today. Google is sending out the software update to its Nexus devices with things we’ve known about for months but perhaps you need a refresher. While the company says there are “over 250 major features” in Nougat, it’s impossible to go over all of them as not everything is completely noticeable. Luckily, Google provided a great rundown of each and every thing that’s new in Nougat.
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Google just announced that Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to devices beginning today.
Google announced the rollout of its video chat app, Duo, earlier today, but as it’s launching one new service, the search giant is also stripping a function away from an existing app, Google+. No longer will Hangouts On Air live broadcasts be tied to Google’s often overlooked, cherished by some, social media app. From September 12th, users wanting to start live broadcasts will have to so via YouTube Live. Read more
While there is still no word on a release date, it appears that Google is plugging away at the upcoming chat and video apps, Allo and Duo, by updating their icons with a Material Design look.
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We’re probably just weeks away from Google launching its latest round of Nexus hardware, but everyone already knows a whole lot about what’s coming. The next HTC-made phones from the line, known internally as Marlin and Sailfish, will be nearly identical aside from a couple of things.
Over the weekend, a publication shared the world’s first live shot of Google’s Sailfish and revealed design details.
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The rumors that Google was burying Google+ may have been slightly exaggerated, but that doesn’t mean the half-baked social media site isn’t slowly being purged from other aspects of Google’s services. We’ve already seen the Google+ requirement dropped from YouTube comments, and that same treatment is coming to the Play Store itself. Read more
When Google announced it would roll out its high-speed internet service, Fiber, throughout the US, perhaps the search giant underestimated how long and how expensive the exercise would prove to be. According to an FCC filing, Google is exploring its expansion options by applying for permission to expand its experimental wireless transmission technology to potentially cover up to 24 new locations in the US. Join us after the break for more details. Read more